Fotógrafo Service Studio Foto. Fotografia antigua California. 1918. Workers on the shipyard. SS Faith concrete ship

En esta fotografía posan, encaramados en los andamios, los obreros que, entre Diciembre de 1917 y Abril de 1918 construyeron el primer buque de hormigón armado ( ferro concrete) de USA.

La fotografía de obreros en el trabajo de sus fabricas, men at work, empieza a extenderse en las primeras décadas del siglo XX permitiendonos asi tener una fuente documental de primera mano sobre esa época.
Esta foto pertenece a un álbum, realizado por Service Studio Foto 123 Market St. El álbum perteneció a uno de los ingenieros del buque llamado Nicolson. El barco, el S.S. Faith fue un encargo del Presidente Wilson a la Shipbuilding Company de San Francisco propiedad de Leslie Comyn.

  •  This album consists of more than 100 vintage photographies mounted on a black cardboard. These high quality photos have the date on it, showing the chronologie of the construction of the concrete ship. When bought, the album had an envelope with this sentece: "Nicolson/launching of the Faith March 14, 1918". The seller indicated (and I couldn't check the information yet), Nicolson was an engineer of the San Francisco Shipbuilding Company and his image is in some of the photos. Pasted on the front cover, there were two pieces of a newspaper:
  • One with an image and the following text:

Carrying a General Cargo the concrete ship Faith. Passing through Gaillard  Cut Panama Canal en route from New York to Valparaiso on the Stone Hull has been conclusively demonstrated by this vessel, which has Weathered heavy storms an travelled thousands of miles during the past year.

  • Another text without image:

N.Y. Gets sugar in Concrete ship Faith By associated press New York Nov. 21. The American steamship Faith, the largest concrete ship in the world, launched March 14 last on the Pacific Coast as an experiment in this metod of construction, arrived here today with a cargo of sugar from Cuba

  • On the back cover, there was another label:

The ideal To duplicate order Nº 7633 B Made by The  J.L. Hanson Co. Chicago
  • Concrete Shipbuilding in San Diego, 1918-1920

    1849 Concrete skiff made in France.
    1859 Concrete barges launched in Netherlands for canal use.
    1909 Freighter barge put in service from Frankfort-am-Main.
    7 Sep 1916 Congress creates U. S. Shipping Board.
    Feb 1917 Staff assembled for concrete ship design.
    20 Apr 1917 USSB contracts for first concrete ship.
    2 Aug 1917 Namsenfjord, first sea-going freighter, launched.
    1 Jan 1918 Concrete Ship Section established. 
    18 Mar 1918 Faith launched.
    "Faith" left San  Francisco 22 May on her first voyage commercial with a
     cargo of rock salt and  copper ore assigned to Seattle. She traded in 
    the eastern Pacific, Caribbean,  and North Atlantic until December 1921.15
    While not a standard prototype Faith nonetheless set parameters
     used  to delineate 'stone' ships that followed. She was built on 
    longitudinal framing  joining transverse frames set 16 feet apart. 
    Lugged bars woven in a diagonal  mesh were encased in concrete, the skin
     being part of the framing. Her bottom  was 4 1/2" thick, sides 4", and 
    shelter decks 3 to 3 1/2". There were 7  watertight bulkheads. Her 
    principal measurements were 320 x 44.5 x 27.7.  Bethlehem Shipbuilding 
    Company of Alameda provided a 1750 hp triple expansion  engine that was 
    24" x 39" x 65" and 42". Gross tonnage was 3,427 and net 2,071;  
    displacement was 4,500 tons.34